West Indies cricket has seen contrasting fortunes in recent times when playing three formats of the game. The shortest version of the game i.e.T20 seem to be their liking that ultimately cultivates in players to become superstars overnight by producing moments of genius in no time to turn the course of the game in their side’s favor. André Russell, Carlos Brathwaite and Kieron Pollard have become superstars in the game and play all over the world in different domestic leagues like Big Bash League and Indian Premier League.
The Test side has largely tapered off in terms of its competitiveness as the Calypso nation has not been producing players that last the distance in the most difficult format in the game of cricket. The recent series against India is a testimony that West Indies do have players in their side such as Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase and Darren Bravo who potentially looked good cricketers for future but as a side they need to string together a list of consistent performances over the course of five days.The performances by the West Indies batsmen in the Second test against India was noteworthy as the things suggest that one few bowlers could still make it a better side in the game than it has been recently. The influx of T20 leagues all over the world has seen many prominent players like Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle preferring the shorter format over test cricket as it is much more lucrative in short span of time.
West Indies Cricket Board had continuous rifts with star players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy for a long time now. The board has made a lot of wrong decisions to snub them from the test cricket are causing more harm than productivity. The WICB needs to realize that these players were necessary for the side in order for the young players like Jason Holder and Darren Bravo to learn and take inputs from the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle to become better cricketers for the future.
The ascent of Pakistan cricket team out of nowhere to no.1 has been great advert for test cricket but let’s hope West Indies can also discover their mojo that once made them unstoppable force in longer version of the game in 1970s and 1980s with Michael Holding, Viv Richard and Gordon Greenidge slaying and defeating every team in their path.